ARE YOU PLASTIC AWARE?
I used to be afraid of recycling and thinking about making this world a better place to live. My contribution seemed insignificant in the scale of what needed to be done. It just felt like an impossible task and an impossible ask. But not now. Here we are today, everyone together in a movement that I hope will indeed turn the tide on making this world a more habitable place, not just for us, but for all the creatures and plants living with us and for our future generations.
So here’s the lowdown on plastic. If you have not noticed, it’s a bit like sugar, it’s everywhere and it’s involved in almost everything we do, from wrapping our food, to containing the creams and cosmetics we use.
The life of a piece of plastic can end on anything from the plastic island in the Pacific Ocean to the recycling plant in your local town. It all depends on how we treat and respect each piece we purchase and it’s time to make a conscious decision on how our actions can impact our planet and environment.
Be aware of those plastics that we don’t need on a daily basis; those single use plastic items like plastic sticks to stir our drinks, plastic straws to suck our beverages or plastic bags to carry our shopping. All these things we can say ‘no’ to and use alternatives.
What saying NO does for you.
Plastic is a hormone disruptor, it creates cancer in your body, it will bring on the menopause/andropause earlier and it will increase dis-ease in your body. The body finds it difficult to clear the microplastics and it can get into your lungs and can even be absorbed through the skin. Each piece of plastic we discard that ends up in the sea is at risk of being eaten, either in its entirety or as a microbe, by fish and we then eat the fish. Our food is becoming contaminated, and our earth is also dangerously contaminated by microplastic.
Plastic is airborne as well, so unless we really do make a concerted effort to lessen its use, the outcome is rather grim.
I love the ocean. We are 70% water, so we are mini oceans. If we pollute the sea we pollute ourselves. If we allow plastics to disrupt marine life and coral life and microbes in the sea then we are literally destroying a source of oxygen which we ourselves need in order to breathe. Anything that we can do to help stop the plastic polluting our seas is something worth doing. As a little girl once said “If we all save one drop of water, that’s still 6 billion drops” – sounds worthwhile doesn’t it?
For this month, I am just asking you to be aware of the plastic wrapping your food, the plastic that you use to stir and consume your drinks, the plastic you use to carry your groceries, the cosmetics, toiletries, laundry products, shower gels, detergents & cleaning products you purchase which are packaged in plastic. If you can attempt each day to choose another material instead of plastic, I promise you this will build up and make a difference, not only to your own life but to the lives of others and to our beautiful planet.
Here are some shocking statistics:-
• 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year in the UK, that’s about 15 million bottles per day.
• Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled.
• The use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
• Plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose.
• 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.